What are the primary goals of suturing?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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As a method for closing cutaneous wounds, the technique of suturing is thousands of years old. Although suture materials and aspects of the technique have changed, the primary goals remain the same, as follows:

  • Closing dead space

  • Supporting and strengthening wounds until healing increases their tensile strength

  • Approximating skin edges for an aesthetically pleasing and functional result

  • Minimizing the risks of bleeding and infection


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